Events

Date/Time Event
Friday, 31st March
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Launch Party - Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

res 13A week ahead of the official publication date, Jon will be taking over the Cafebar at Contemporary and celebrating the launch of his new novel, Reservoir 13. And he wants YOU to be there. It’s been seven years since he published a novel; you bet there’s going to be a party.
After a reading at 8pm, there’ll be drinks and dancing from 9pm onwards, with live music from Swing Gitan, and the chance to buy copies of the book all night long.
Free admission, doors at 7.30pm, arrive early to avoid disappointment. And bring your dancing shoes.

Info about the novel here: http://www.4thestate.co.uk/reservoir13/

Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/265381867225803/

With thanks to 4th Estate, Five Leaves Books, and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Wednesday, 5th April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Inhale, exhale, repeat, with Emma Mills
emmamillsCreate a mindful day with easy meditations based on poetry. Tips, take-away meditations, readings form part of this participatory evening. No need to go on expensive retreats, digital detoxes, make a start with an evening in the bookshop!

Emma Mills was director of literature for bibliotherapy at Mind for five years and now runs a private practice. Her book Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. will have just been published.

 

£3.00 including light refreshments.

Booking essential for this event as we will limit capacity

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 21st April - Sunday, 30th April
All Day
Nottingham Poetry Festival

Full details to follow

Venue: Antenna, Nottingham
Saturday, 22nd April
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Feminist publishing - then, now and in the future

fempubWhy are there now only 2 feminist publishing houses (Virago and Honno) in the UK when there were many more in the 80s? Yet, given technological changes, it’s easier to set up an independent publisher than it has ever been. Men’s books are still much more likely to be published and reviewed than those by women.

The Panel:
Ailah Ahmed is a commissioning editor at Little, Brown Book Group. She works across two imprints: Little, Brown/Abacus and Virago. Ailah acquires fiction and non-fiction as well as works in translation. She has held editorial positions at Simon & Schuster UK and Canongate Books (where she published the The Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlisted A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki). She tweets @ailahahmed.

Debbie Taylor is Editor of the women writers’ magazine Mslexia, one of the most successful literary magazines in the UK.

Zoe Fairbairns, whose novels have been published by feminist presses including Virago, mainstream presses including Penguin, and radical presses including Five Leaves.  She teaches creative writing at City Lit, London.  Her website is at www.zoefairbairns.co.uk

Our panel of speakers will look at the gender issues around publishing, reflect on the achievements of the 80s and look at the options for effecting permanent change.  Come and join in the discussion.

Admission will be £5 (£4 cons.)
The Mechanics institute has a bar adjacent for refreshments.

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Wednesday, 10th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bob Crow: socialist, leader, fighter, a political biography, with Gregor Gall

bob crowBob Crow helped build the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at a time of reducing union membership, by way of action and militancy. He was well-liked by his members and respected by those he opposed. Thousands lined the streets of London for his funeral. Gregor Gall has written Bob Crow’s biography

Tickets: £4 including refreshments. Free to members of the RMT. Please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 11th May - Sunday, 14th May
All Day
Bread and Roses - Five Leaves' annual mini-festival
Full details to follow

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 11th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Shoestring Book Launches with Neil Fulwood, Renee Parker and Robert Etty
ShoestringA Bread and Roses event
Free but please reserve your place via fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 13th May
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Nottingham's First Radical Bookfair
Stallholders include Five Leaves Bookshop, Verso, Pluto Press, AK Distribution, Active Distribution, PM Press, Anarchist Federation, Russell Press (printer), Ex-Libris (second hand), Northern Herald Books (second hand), Oxfam (second hand), Sparrows’ Nest, People’s Histreh, Jepps Books (the new book emporium in Sheffield), Red Alternative Books, Spokesman Books, Veggies/Sumac Centre with more to be added.

 

Free to attend, no need to book.

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Saturday, 13th May
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The social and political context of the Pentrich Rising, with Professor John Belchem
Everything you wanted to know about Pentrich.
A Bread and Roses event in association with Notts and Derby Labour History Sociey.
Free, no ticket required.
Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Sunday, 14th May
10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Pentrich Revolution Bicentenary - Nottingham walk
Pentrich-300x168Join Roger Tanner on a guided walk round the local sites where the Pentrich uprising came to an end, with some diversions to point out other local labour history sites.
Meet at the Left Lion on Market Square. There will be someone at the shop from 9.30 if you wanted to meet here first.
A Bread and Roses event in association with The Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group
Free, no need to book.

 

Venue: left lion, nottingham
Sunday, 14th May
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Acid Drops - a history of LSD in Britian, with Andy Roberts
AcidDrops-Andy Roberts is the historian of psychadelic culture in the UK. His books include Acid Drops and Albion Dreaming. He explores the early days when LSD was still legal, its used by the military, and its recreational use by millions in search of either a spirtual experience or a Disneyland of the senses.
Tickets: £3.00
Please book your place in advance
A Bread and Roses event

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Sunday, 14th May
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
The Autonomous City - a history of urban squatting, with Alexander Vasudevan
Alex Autonomous CityAlex Vasudevan spans continents in tracing the struggle for housing including looking at succcessful mass squates auch as Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiana and the squats of Lower East Side in New York. Reclaiming the city, however, has often led to repression but is an alternative to gentrification and property speculation.
Tickets: £3.00 (free to squatters and those housed precariously)
Please book your place in advance
A Bread and Roses event

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Sunday, 14th May
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Book Launch - God Save the Teen, with Andrew Graves
Mulletproof new bookGod Save The Teen takes us through the side streets of modern Britain, finding love and loss within the fractured estates and beleaguered communities and pays homage to the likes of Johnny Cash, Alan Moore and Nottingham’s own Brian Clough.It’s a gritty, chaotic and curious rhetoric, perfectly in keeping with the post-Brexit, uneasy atmosphere of an increasingly out of control, faltering modernity.
Free, refreshments provided. Please let us know you are coming.

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 24th May
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Lowdham Book Festival's "last Saturday" bookfair and events for adults and children
Full details to follow
Free
Venue: Lowdham Book Festival, Lowdham Nottinghamshire
Thursday, 25th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group, discussing Meridian by Alice Walker
MeridianAnna Ball, from Nottingham Trent University, introduces and leads the discussion of Alice Walker’s second novel, set in the American South and the Civil Rights Movement.
(Note – this is not a taught class but a participatory book group)
Copies of Meridian are available from the bookshop at 15% discount, but we don’t mind where people have sourced the book as long as they have read it!
Free, refreshments provided. Please let us know you are coming.

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham